Is Joseph's Father Jacob or Heli?

Supposed contradiction and verses:

 Is Jospeh’s father Jacob or Heli?

Matthew 1:16

And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

 Luke 3:23

And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli,


   Sometimes, the skeptic will go to great extent to make something of nothing. This is the case, because I will show how simply reading correctly, shows this is no contradiction. I have already explained in another article, why there are two different genealogies of Jesus. Matthew is the line through Joseph and Luke the line through Mary. Both are different until they come to King David. This is to show legal (Joseph) right and them physical (Mary) right as the seed of David. So what about this seemingly awkward reference to Joseph having two fathers?

   First, as Matthew 1:16 says, Joseph is the son of Jacob. Now, look closely again at the verse in Luke. It begins by telling us what age Jesus was, and it is important. Jesus as our high priest, begins his ministry at the same age that was given for the Levitical priests as the youngest age, thus He fulfilled that portion of the Law as well. Luke makes a pause in his sentence to tell us he was the supposed son of Joseph. This is to show that under legal terms and to the appearance of those who did not know otherwise, Joseph was the father of Jesus, yet we know he was not. Jesus had no earthly father because Mary was a virgin. From that point, Luke picks back up on his original thought and is claiming that Jesus…NOT Joseph, is the son of Heli. Heli is the father of Mary. Many times over in the Bible, sons can refer to an actual son, a grandson, and even great grandson. This again was to tie Jesus into the Davidic line showing the fulfillment of prophecy. There is clearly NO contradiction.


In His Grace,

            Mike Harris


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